Lamberson Mill to be Razed

Colon Landmark Is Being Razed August 1941: “The old time waterpower mills which were so closely associated with community life in the pioneer days, are gradually passing out, and only a few of the scores of mills which once stood … Continue reading

Abbott Co. Puffaroo Lawsuit

The Abbott Magic Company “Puffaroo” Lawsuit   PETER A. LARRAMENDY et al., Respondents, v. JOSEPH N. MYRES et al., Defendants; PERCY ABBOTT et al., Appellants. COUNSEL Jack Schnider and Robert J. Sullivan for Appellants. James C. Hollingsworth and Hammons, Willard … Continue reading

Take a Bow, Abbott;s 1966

From The Colon Express, August 17, 1966: “Abbott’s Magic Get-Together, the magicians’ Mecca, has convened as is its custom every third week in August. Colon, the Magic Capitol of the World, is pleased as punch and very proud to host … Continue reading

Abbott Magic Co. by Monk Watson

Abbott Magic Novelty Company   From the September, 1964 “TOPS’ Magazine. The Profession Touch” by Monk Watson: “So many, too many, years ago, I left Detroit and took to the road in a new (?) type of “Show Business” known … Continue reading

Abbott Magic Fire 1938, Percy Abbott

Abbott Magic Company Fire   From the TOPS Magazine, January 1953, by Percy Abbott “WITH THE EDITOR”: “No doubt by this time many of our friends and Magicians have learned of the happening at our plant here – the fire … Continue reading

Hill Opera House, Tom Thinnes

Hill Opera House     From Marquee Magazine, by Tom Thinnes, Kalamazoo Gazette, COLON, Michigan – The 81-year-old Hill Opera House, being restored to its heyday when it spotlighted the greats of the world of magic, is open for public … Continue reading

The Old Mill; Ralph Clement

      The Old Mill Written June 28, 1967, by Ralph Clement: “The grist mill and a wooden dam were built in 1839. The building was located just west of the bridge on the north side. My first recollection of the … Continue reading

Abbott Magic Company

JACKSON CITIZEN PATRIOT newspaper, April 6, 1936   Thriving Industry Wins Colon “City of Magic” Title   Abbot Firm is Magician’s Aid   Produces All Types of Wars for Art.   Magic Master and His “Gadget” Factory   Colon – … Continue reading

Abbott Fire 1938

Disaster   From the Sturgis Daily Journal, September 19. 1938. Fire Destroys Colon Magic Factory – OVER $10,000 DAMAGE DONE: SAVE SECRETS   Colon, Sept. 19 – There was no illusion about the flames that blazed from the home of … Continue reading

Colon is Capital

Colon is “Magic Capital of America”   From Historical Society records; a newspaper clipping, June 1946, source unknown: “town of 780 citizens is Famous for Equipment for Amateur and Professional Magicians. Very few people in Michigan know it, but the … Continue reading